The Vatican and the Pope have suffered a new low that directly questions the Church's openness to women and freedom of expression. The director of the monthly female supplement of L'Osservatore Romano, Lucetta Scaraffia, and all his team have resigned from their duties. In their farewell, they denounce the attempt to "silence a useful initiative", the return to clericalism and the culture of "obedient women". The resignation isolates more from the pontificate of Francisco, who loses allies on both sides of the ideological and social scheme.
The director of Women, Church, World and its writing have written a letter to the Pope to explain his reasons. Something that will also be detailed in the next editorial of the publication, which has already been advanced. They denounce that their editorial line "has not found the support of the new management of L'Osservatore Romano" [hubo un brusco cese del anterior director el pasado diciembre] and that "it has turned to the selection of women from above, to the election of collaborators who assure obedience and to renounce any possibility of opening a true, free and courageous dialogue".
The editorial explains in his letter to Pope Francis that they throw in the towel because they feel surrounded by "a climate of distrust and progressive delegitimation, from a look without esteem and credit to continue the collaboration". "With the closure of Donne Chiesa Mondo ends it breaks, for the first time, a new and exceptional experience for the Church: a group of women, who have organized themselves autonomously, who have voted among them the incorporation of new collaborators, who have been able to work in the heart of the Vatican and of the communication of the Holy See with free intelligence and heart, thanks to the consent and support of two popes ".
The supplement, created during the fruitful direction of the former head of the Vatican newspaper, Giovanni Maria VianIt was a countercultural publication within the walls of a male institution. Scaraffia pushed for the publication of major themes, including the long-silenced abuse of nuns by priests. This report, which brought to light an uncomfortable reality for the Church, fell like a bomb in the Holy See. Just when the Church was beginning to confront the issue of child abuse, it found a new front for which it was not prepared.
The director of the publication, Andrea Monda, today answered the resignation of the team and denies that the supplement will stop publishing. "In these few months, since I've been appointed director, I have guaranteed for Scaraffia and for the women's editorial team, the same autonomy and the same freedom that have characterized the monthly magazine since it was born, refraining from interfering in any way with the creation of the newspaper's monthly supplement ". Monda has denied any type of interference while pointing out that the female supplement of L'Osservatore Romano "it is not interrupted" and it will continue "without any kind of clericalism".